Vegan Guide to Brisbane | Gourmand & Gourmet | Gourmand and Gourmet

Brisbane's Best Vegan Eats

  • Food & Booze
  • Brisbane
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Lunch
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Whether you’re vegan, vegetarian or flexitarian, dining out can be difficult.

Maybe it’s your friend who HAS to have bacon with their breakfast, or your mum who just can’t get her head around why you don’t eat dairy, (‘Just have a little bit! No one will know…’) but finding somewhere to eat to keep everyone happy and not compromise your ideals is not always a walk in the park. Luckily, we’re here to do the research for you, and for an office full of omnivores (except for that one weird vegetarian we hide in the corner), we were more than impressed by what Brisbane had to offer.

The Low Road | Windsor

Some people like to take the high road, but not these misfits. As famous for their political slogans as they are for their food, The Low Road is the café you never knew you needed – but now you can’t live without. With its eclectic décor, fun staff and a full vegetarian menu (most items can be made vegan) this is one road we don’t mind taking again and again. Try their famous beans, and wash it down with a brekky beer – it’s expected.

Vege Rama | Various Locations

One of the OG’s of the Brisbane vegan/vegetarian scene, Vege Rama has been feeding Brisbanites their veggies since 2009 when the first store opened on Queen Street. Keep it safe with classics like nachos and samosas or try their vegan spin on Kung Pao Chicken – Kung Pao Cauliflower. Believe us, you won’t even miss the meat.

Green Edge | Windsor

 A Brisbane institution, it wouldn’t be a vegan list without mentioning this stand out. The Green Edge is 100% vegan and has a small supermarket attached to it with everything vegan under the sun. From dairy replacements to vegan pet food  The Green Edge is your one stop vegan shop. The café also pumps out amazing food – the burgers being the stand out. We dare you to try the bacon double cheeseburger and see if you can taste the difference.

Netherworld | New Farm

Brisbane’s latest sensation is arcade/bar/diner/all-round fun place Netherworld. The brainchild from Scratch owner Ben Nichols, Netherworld is a gaming paradise with 25 arcade games for all your retro needs, but the real drawcard is the food. The menu is 100% vegan, with the option of adding dairy or meat, but believe us – even the most dedicated carnivores will be satisfied. Our pick? The Loaded Fries with pulled jackfruit and vegan cheese. Life. Changing.

Miss Bliss | West End

We’re known at G&G for our love of all things decadent. We’re not afraid of our pants not fitting if it means we can get our hands on something delicious, but at Miss Bliss you can have your cake and eat it too. West End’s health hub is bursting with vegan options from caramel spelt hot cakes with maca coconut yogurt and grilled banana to charcoal pizzas with roasted mushrooms and cashew cheese. Sip on a Kombucha Collins whilst you’re there – a delicious combination of Byron Kombucha and Botanical Distillery Gin. It’s a health tonic, right?

Charlie’s Raw Squeeze | Various Locations

Whether you’re totally #fitspo or #fakespo, the menu at Charlie’s Raw Squeeze is 100% vegan and 100% Instagram worthy. Grab a taco bowl for a healthy spin on everyone’s favourite Mexican food, or choose from their extensive smoothie list. You’re not going to look past their raw treats, so grab a few. After all, no cooking = no calories. (Definitely false, but we’re going to run with it.)

Café O Mai | Annerley

The suburbs are where we find some of our best foodie havens, and Café O Mai is one of our favourites. Specialising in fresh Vietnamese food, Café O Mai loves everyone, and anything you can do, they can do – vegan. We can’t look past the ‘original gangster’ vegan pho pho chay for the ultimate hangover cure (sweat out that booze baby) or for those who need their carb fix, the tofu bahn mi is certified to hit the spot.

Otto | CBD

Trying to impress a vegan date? Look no further than Otto’s incredible river views and vibrant Italian menu – that’s now gone vegan. There’s a selection of delightful plant-based dishes like zucchini flowers with tomato confit and eggplant and citrus sorbet with spiced cherry granita and candied orange, available as individual items or a longer-form degustation, Serving the goods for lunch and dinner, it’s a serious game-changer for vegan dining in Brisbane.

Grown | West End

Tucked down by the river in West End, Grown has been a favourite for locals (vegan or otherwise) since day one! Serving up amazing sweet and savoury dishes over breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Grown is 100% plant-based, encouraging milky coffee drinkers to go dark or try an alternative milk. The food offerings, collaboratively devised with Alejandro Cancino (formerly of Urbane) include creamy polenta with French lentils and buckwheat, and the not-to-be-missed brioche French toast with seasonal fruit, coconut ice cream, and caramel sauce.

Urbane | CBD

As Brisbane’s only three-hatted restaurant, Urbane is firmly positioned as the pinnacle of vegan dining experiences, having lead the charge of plant-based fine dining. Plating up five and seven-course “herbivore” menus, diners can expect hyper-seasonal dishes that live up to Urbane’s serious foodie reputation, with past menus including an assiette of corn, zucchini flower consommé, and dessert with green apple and tonka bean flavours- seriously special!

Yavanna | Paddington 

A cafe/bar with some seriously mouth-watering menu items for vegans and their omnivore pals alike, Yavanna lies just outside the city centre, in the stylish and buzzing suburb of Paddington. You may be fooled by their menu at first glance, with items like chicken schnitzel Turkish rolls, or a breakfast burrito with sausage, egg, and bacon, but don’t stress! Everything at this slick eatery is derived from plants, and totally delicious. Yavanna opens for breaky, lunch, and dinner, and has a great bar to match the food- perfect!

Dicki’s | New Farm

Taking over the vacancy left on Brunswick Street (and in our hearts) when Pablo shut its doors, Dicki’s is a classic parkside cafe serving up breakfast favourites like smashed avo on sourdough, and an amazing tofu scramble. By night Dicki’s becomes a cute neighbourhood bar away from the hustle and bustle of the upper end of Brunswick. Evening food offerings including crumbed olives with tomato relish, and mushroom pibil tacos with cauliflower, pickled onion, red cabbage, lotus leaf & coriander.

Detour | Woolloongabba 

It’s not an exclusively plant-based venue, but as a restaurant quickly gaining a killer reputation among Brisbane foodies, Detour offers an impressive and affordable array of vegan options. They might be known for their take on Kentucky Fried Duck, but the beetroot tartare with mustard, macadamia and capers is a dish equally as iconic, and not to be missed. Dedicated herbivores can enjoy innovative takes on classic flavours like fossilised carrots with smoked almond, king oyster mushrooms with chestnut pâté and sage. Definitely, one to try.

Whether you’re vegan for life, or just for one meal, you’re not going to go hungry with these guys around. 

Words by Emma Callaghan
- the weird vegetarian in the corner